Jobs That Involve a Lot of Traveling

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Jobs That Involve a Lot of Traveling
(Photo of Shanghai by Anthon Jackson)

Most people dream of travel as if it were some far off land that can never be reached. Some people find the possibility of working on the road, impacting and seeing the world at the same time, and travelling to far off places while getting paid for it, to be highly unlikely. But the truth is that there is a large number of jobs that require a lot of the travelling you've always dreamed about.

English Teacher

With the English language in high demand in much of the world, teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is a great option for travel junkies. In some places like South Korea, China and Southeast Asia, no teaching experience or certificate is required, just a bachelor's degree in any subject. For higher paying jobs that do require some experience and a certificate, visit Japan or the Middle East, especially the prosperous Gulf States.

Airline Employee

This job requires hard work and at time demands long shifts aboard long-distance flights, but there are few other jobs that will rack up as many miles of travel. Whether you are a high-paid pilot or a flight attendant, the job is sure to come with many benefits such as paid vacations, free travel and buddy passes translating to significant discounts for your friends or family members. Stay at luxury hotels and enjoy free days in fabulous cities like New York, London, Cairo or Hong Kong.

Armed Services

War zones aren't the only draw to join the Army, Navy or Marines. Many recruits sign on purely for the travel. The armed services can take you across the globe. And remember, ships and military bases dot the world map, so don't count out this job for fear that conflict zones would become your only option. This job also comes with huge benefits such as providing financial support for you to receive your further education.

Foreign Service

Being employed in your nation's embassy in a faraway part of the world can be an exciting and meaningful experience. Learn languages and dive into cultures while living with all the comforts of home (or at least many of them) via your embassy's commissary. Whether you wish to engage in political, economic or developmental work, the Foreign Service gets you into the world in a unique way. Don't get too comfortable, though: governments don't want their embassy employees to "go native," so you'll find yourself moving to new places every few years.

NGO Worker

If government service isn't your thing, NGOs may be your ticket abroad. For those wishing to change the world while seeing a lot of it, consider working for the betterment of others whether it is in the fields of environmental preservation, conflict resolution or development. For adventure seekers, this job is likely to take you to the places where the action is (without having to fight). For ideas, check


Mixing up single-day charters, two-week outings at sea or full seasons lasting up to several months in the ocean, various fishing jobs can take you to just about anyplace that has water. For instance, join a crew in Alaska for the summer catching salmon, then sail off on a shrimp boat from Texas into the Gulf Coast and end up in North Carolina in the fall. Fishing requires good waterproof boots and a good deal of stamina, but the pay is good, and your close contact with nature is just about unbeatable.

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